At this place, on the site of Catherine Foster's home, this "shadow catcher" links the visible with the unseen even as it pulls the eyes upward to the sky. It creates a shadowy, gridlike outline of the house that once stood at this location.
The meandering paths lead away from the home site across the Fosters' yard to a family and community burial ground.
The Foster dwelling site yielded artifacts like those to the far left that suggest details of family life and livelihood.
The woman in the photo to the left launders outside as the Fosters would have.
Image circa 1900-1901, courtesy of The Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
Erected by University of Virginia.
Location. 38° 1.904′ N, 78° 30.262′ W. Marker is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marker is east of Nau Hall and about 200 feet SW of the intersection of Jefferson Park and Brandon Avenues, on the University of Virginia campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlottesville VA 22903, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Also see . . . Free Black Registers of Albemarle County Project. (Submitted on March 16, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • African Americans • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 675 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 16, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.